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The novices traveled to Lowell for the Lowell Invitational on May 10, while the varsity stayed home to prepare for regionals. Both the men’s and women’s novice crews had an outstanding weekend of racing.The women’s team raced to victory on Saturday, qualifying both boats for the grand final. On Sunday, the girls continued to race hard. The second novice eight had a hard fought race finishing 5th in a strong field of teams. The first novice eight raced with resiliency to win the gold in the grand final, a close race that separated first and third place by 3 seconds. The novice boys advanced to the grand final after strong racing on Saturday. On Sunday, the second novice eight lined up against great competition and finished in 2nd place. The first novice eight jumped out to an early lead on Saturday and never looked back on their way to the gold